L.Ac, M.Ac, and Dipl. OM
I suffered painful nerve damage which only acupuncture could relieve. After my nerve pain was taken care of, I really liked the Chinese paradigm of cultivating health as you would cultivate a garden. So I would continue to come in about once a month. Slowly over time, I noticed I didn’t need my allergies shots or my allergy meds, and I stopped catching every bug that came around.
I had been interested in acupuncture for a long time. When I put myself through undergraduate and graduate schools there wasn’t spare money for anything, so I would hang out in the libraries. In graduate school, while I was studying neurophysiology, I would go to the medical library and cruise through the neuroscience journals. I was astounded by the number of solid medical journal articles on the neurophysiology of acupuncture. Years later, after I suffered the nerve damage, I experienced the profound effects of acupuncture for myself.
Bringing people into health, vitality, and balance
I provide safe, natural, and effective relief for a wide range of health concerns, with a particular interest in the treatment of painful conditions, chronic conditions, stress and lack of vitality. My treatments bring patients into better balance: this results in stronger health and increased vitality. I use gentle acupuncture procedures, blended with other modern and ancient Chinese techniques, to heal current health problems as well as provide preventative medicine. Acupuncture, an exceptional modality for achieving whole body balance, has been proven by thousands of years of clinical practice.
Degrees & Certifications
- Master’s Degree in acupuncture and herbal studies certificate.
- Nationally certified by the NCCAOM(National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) in Oriental Medicine (in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs)
- Past President of the Kentucky State Acupuncture Association with nearly 10 years of service
- Kentucky Board Medical Licensure Acupuncture Advisory Committee Chairperson
- Master of Science in Physiology, concentrating on neurophysiology
- Additional training in auricular therapy, including treating addictions.
- Training in Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture for Face and Neck protocols
- Certified yoga instructor (200 hr level)
- Certified Pangu Shengong Instructor
- Certificate in 2 year Medical Qi Gong program
My area of expertise is the treatment of painful conditions, including back, neck/shoulder pain, chronic pain, sports injuries, repetitive use injuries and pain management. I especially work with chronic conditions in women’s health and issues such as allergies, insomnia, digestive problems and macular degeneration. I also specialize in stress management. My treatments are very effective for calming the nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety, and promoting whole body wellness. When appropriate, I can give lifestyle guidelines and/or yoga postures to help my clients support their health. Cosmetic acupuncture has been recently added as a holistic alternative to help folks look and feel younger.
Training for a Licensed Acupuncturist
Licensed acupuncturist will have attended a 3 ½ to 4-year program at an accredited school. Then they have to pass a series of board exams administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Most acupuncturists will maintain certification with the NCCAOM. The final step is getting licensed through the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure (KBML). To keep their standing, acupuncturists have to maintain training with continuing education credits.